Legendary Hollywood actress Meryl Streep strongly criticised US President-elect Donald Trump at the renowned Golden Globe award ceremony on Sunday over his alleged mocking of a disabled person. Trump, the tycoon-turned-politician, has been in the press for his speeches and controversial remarks even during the run-up to the 2016 US President polls.
Denouncing Trump’s remarks even without naming him, Streep said, “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back”.
“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modelled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same,” she said inviting caution.
The gathering, which was hearing Streep with a rapt attention, often broke into applause as she went on to add, “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
On the other hand, responding to Meryl Streep’s comments, Donald Trump dismissed the criticism and dubbed her a “Hillary lover”.
US national daily New York Times quoted Trump saying that he had not seen Streep’s remarks or other parts of the Globes ceremony, but he was “not surprised” that he had come under attack from “liberal movie people”. At the same time he also denied of humiliating any disabled person.
“And remember, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton at her convention, and a lot of these people supported Hillary,” Trump was quoted to have told the US press.
Earlier, during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, Streep – who is often considered as one of the best ever actresses — drew an oblique reference at Trump, saying “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts”.